Cable Show 2009: URC Debuts Combo Cable/IPTV Remote

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Universal Remote Control plans to introduce a hybrid infrared remote for both cable and IPTV set-tops.

The UR5L-8700L-IP Remote Control is designed to control and operate both IPTV and digital set-top boxes from multiple manufacturers.

"As the exciting and dynamic world of cable TV continues to evolve, the UR5L-8700L-IP will effortlessly evolve right along with it," URC vice president of national accounts Bill Baker said in a statement. "This is the future-proof, versatile cable remote that the industry is demanding."

The UR5L-8700L-IP infrared remote has a range of 30 to 50 feet and can control up to five IR devices; it features full keypad backlighting and "illuminated mode" buttons.

In addition, the UR5L-8700L-IP is tru2way/OCAP-compliant and can provide picture-in-picture functionality. Other features include memory lock, volume lock, channel lock and system power-all.

Each unit is individually wrapped in a polyethylene bag with two AA alkaline batteries and a user manual. Standard warranties are 60 months mechanical and 24 months key text.

URC provides a bilingual, interactive CD-ROM tutorial for customer-contact staff, as well as Web-based support at

Founded in 1991, URC is based in Harrison, N.Y. According to the company, it has sold more than 50 million remote controls in the last 10 years.